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The Daily Flag News—May 18, 2007

Celebrating its 59th anniversary, Israel was honored in Toronto, Canada with an historic raising of the Israeli flag over another country. There is much more information about this event at the website.

Raising the Israeli Flag –
It was an historic moment.

israeli-flag.jpgAs a crowd of several hundred gathered on the lawn at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Canada, Dalton McGuinty, the Premiere of the Government of Ontario led an official ceremony in honour of the flag of the State of Israel.

“It is my pleasure today on behalf of Ontarians, thirteen million strong,” declared McGuinty, “to express our best wishes to the people of Israel on this historic day.”

Never before in Israel’s 59 year history had the Israeli flag been officially and publicly welcomed by a government outside of Israel.

A first … for the State of Israel and a first for Canada.

“It’s the first time that the Israeli flag is raised somewhere in the world outside of Israel by any foreign government to honor the State of Israel for its special day for its independence day,” remarked Ya’acov Brosh, Israel’s Consul General for Toronto and Western Canada. “To say that I am touched and moved will be an understatement.”

What exactly does the flag raising signify?

If I were in Utah this is where I’d be headed. Mark your calendar now for this Memorial Day ceremony, and take a photo of the Thunderbolt and send it to us.

Hilltop Times – Memorial Day at the Hill Aerospace Museum
memorial-day-jpgposter-for-htt.jpgThe main event of the day, a Memorial Day Flag Ceremony, will take place outdoors, 11 a.m., at the museum’s Medal of Honor Plaza. Scheduled speakers invited include Senator Orrin Hatch, Governor John Huntsman and Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Sullivan, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander. Traditionally, the U.S. flag is at half staff until noon on Memorial Day. The hour-long ceremony will conclude with bringing the flag to its full position.

The museum’s newest aircraft, a World War II era P-47 Thunderbolt, will be unveiled in a brief ceremony at the museum at 1 p.m.

The museum will also host open cockpit exhibits from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; a unique hands-on experience that visitors are only offered a few times a year.

Fair play, tenacity, and courage are the words used to describe this athlete given the honor of carrying the Brazil flag at the Pan American Games opening ceremony. This is an honor, no matter what country you represent.

People’s Daily Online — Olympic marathoner to carry Brazilian flag at Pan American Games
peoples-daily.jpgThe Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) announced on Tuesday that it has chosen marathoner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima to carry the flag for the country’s team at the opening ceremony of the XV Pan American Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

De Lima is the two-time champion of the Pan American marathon, and won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the marathon in Athens, he was leading when an Irish Priest attacked him, but he continued the race up to its end. For his sportsmanship, he was awarded with the Pierre de Coubertin Medal by the International Olympic Committee.

According to COB’s President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, they decided to choose De Lima to lead the team because he was a symbol of Olympic ideals, such as fair play, tenacity and courage.

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